Soriano's RBI single in 13th lifts GJ Rox past Ogden
Max George was about eight inches from hitting his second professional home run Wednesday night, only one inning after hitting his first.
George crushed a two-run home run into the left-field bleachers in the bottom of the fifth inning and banged a double high off the right-center field wall as he accounted for three of the five runs in the Grand Junction Rockies’ 5-4 victory over Ogden in 13 innings at Suplizio Field.
Wilson Soriano ripped an opposite-field single down the right-field line in the 13th inning, capping a marathon game that lasted more than four hours. Soriano spread his arms, mimicking an airplane, before disappearing into a dog pile.
Although Soriano was the hero late, it was George who got the Rockies into extra innings.
After George had a rough start to the season offensively and defensively, the youngest player on the Rockies had highlights in the field at shortstop and in the batter’s box.
George finished 2 for 5, giving him his first multi-hit game of the season. Defensively, he turned a slick double play after making a forehand grab near second base, and he also made a diving stop on a grounder in the top of the seventh inning.
The sixth-round draft pick, a product of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, also stole a base.
But after seven solid innings in which the Rockies didn’t allow a run, Ogden scraped together three runs in the top of the eighth inning.
With the Rockies leading 4-0, a single, an error and a passed ball allowed Ogden to cut the deficit to 4-3.
A fielding error by George allowed another run to score in the top of the ninth, and Grand Junction didn’t answer.
It wasn’t until the 12th inning that the Rockies found life.
With Ogden runners on second and third with one out and Jaylen Harris up to bat, first baseman Nate Causey fielded a soft grounder. He fired home, and the runner on third tried to retreat only to find third base occupied. Catcher Troy Stein tagged the runner out, and Harris broke for second. Stein threw down, and the runner on third base broke for home. George fielded the throw at second base and fired the ball back to home plate, where pitcher Matt Pierpont made the tag.
In the 13th inning, Soriano finally ended it.
Pitching on a tight pitch limit, third-round draft pick Sam Howard threw three sharp innings in his professional debut.
The Georgia Southern product gave up two hits and struck out three batters with no walks, showcasing a nasty change-up and curveball combination.
Harrison Musgrave entered for the fourth inning and pitched three perfect innings for the Rockies with one strikeout.
Things started to unravel for Marc Magliaro in the eighth inning, but Alec Crawford, Yoely Bello and Pierpont didn’t allow an earned run.